There are so many ways families can create hedgehog-friendly spaces in their gardens. Here are some examples:
- Create a Hedgehog Highway making easy access to your garden – ensure all fences/walls have a CD size hole in them so that hedgehogs can travel from garden to garden..
- Avoid using pesticides and slug pellets as these harm the food chain, and in turn, hedgehogs.
- Check all areas thoroughly before strimming or mowing as this could be lethal for a hedgehog. Prevent from putting netting on the ground.
- If you have a pond, ensure you have a gently sloping edge with half submerging rocks on one side, so hedgehogs have an easy exit.
- Don’t leave your garage or shed doors open, as hedgehogs and other wildlife can get trapped in there.
- With bonfires, always check the base and rearrange the materials before lighting, as hedgehogs love to make nests underneath log piles.
- Keep an area of your garden wild for example a pile of logs and twigs/shrubbery/compost heap, or even better, make or purchase a hedgehog house and fill it with newspaper strips, hay, and dry autumn leaves for a cosy warm home for a hedgehog.
- Leave a bowl of fresh water in your garden and a bowl of specialised hedgehog food. Make sure cats can’t get into the feeding stations by reducing the entrance size. It is so important to feed hedgehogs in autumn as they need to build up their fat reserves to survive hibernation
- Avoid feeding hedgehogs dried mealworms, sunflower hearts or peanuts as this can cause a calcium deficiency. These foods are the equivalent of junk food for hedgehogs! And, despite popular belief, do not feed them bread or cow’s milk, as they are lactose intolerant.
Hedgehog homes, food and accessories are available from our wildlife department.